Backpage roundup: Wenger fed up of RVP saga, Malaga want more for Cazorla, Saints target Walcott reunion and more

Wenger Fed Up Of Answering RVP Questions

Arsene Wenger has said that he is tired of answering media questions about Robin van Persie’s future and added that there is no fresh news regarding the club captain’s potential summer exit.

Arsenal recently lost out to Manchester City in a pre-season friendly encounter in China, after which the French trainer once again faced questions about van Persie’s future at the club. Annoyed by the press’ constant probe into the issue, Wenger said: “We have talked about van Persie. I have talked about van Persie and I’m not talking about that question any more.”

He then revealed that none of van Persie’s potential suitors have made any fresh approach to sign him.

“Van Persie is close to fitness. But we have not had any more contact from City or United about him,” Wenger said.

Man City manager Roberto Mancini then confirmed the accuracy of his Arsenal counterpart’s statement by saying: “If he said this, I think it’s true. Van Persie is one of the best strikers so it’s difficult to buy him.”

 

Wenger Dismisses Sahin’s Loan Deal Rumour

Arsene Wenger has rejected media speculation that a deal to bring Real Madrid’s out-of-favour midfielder Nuri Sahin to Emirates Stadium has already been agreed.

Sahin signed for the La Liga Champions from Borussia Dortmund last year but managed just a few appearances for his new club due to injuries and competition for places.

It was recently suggested in the press that the Turkish international has agreed to join Arsenal on a season-long loan deal but Wenger has completely discarded that piece of rumour.

Talking to the press after Arsenal’s recent pre-season defeat to Manchester City, the Gunners boss said: “We did not sign anybody today, this report is wrong. We are not signing anybody at the moment – we are not close. In the future you never know.”

 

Malaga Want More Money for Cazorla

Malaga have revealed that Arsenal’s €20 million bid for Santi Cazorla is way short of their valuation and they don’t have any intention of letting their star winger go for such a price.

Cazorla was signed by Malaga from Villarreal last season but despite an impressive 2011/12 campaign, his future seems to lie away from his current club due to their financial crisis.

Arsenal tried to lure him to Emirates Stadium with a €20 million bid but the Spanish side’s manager Manuel Pellegrini has made it clear that they are not ready to sell their prized asset for such a low price.

In an interview with the club’s official website, Pellegrini said: “There are always offers made for certain players, when it comes to team restructuring. At the moment, we’ve been offered 20 million euros for Santi Cazorla, selling him for this amount of money is practically giving him away.

“I don’t think the club has any intention of doing so; I’ve spoken to Abdullah Ghubn and the Sheikh a lot about this, and they’re not thinking about it. I believe it would belittle our intention to play in the Champions League, obviously getting offers for players is always worth considering, but Santi leaving here for 20 million wouldn’t look good to other teams.”

Despite Pellegrini’s statement, the Daily Mail believe that Wenger will successfully complete Cazorla’s capture by Tuesday.

Saints Want Theo Back

According to the Daily Mirror, Southampton have made an enquiry to sign their former starlet Theo Walcott from Arsenal.

The England international is in the final year of his contract with the Gunners and unless he signs a new deal with them, chances are that he’ll be sold this summer.

Clubs such as Chelsea and Liverpool have reportedly been monitoring Walcott’s contractual situation but now Southampton have also joined the race to bring the speedy winger back to St Mary’s. The surprising fact is that the Saints are not only willing to splash some serious cash for the £15 million-rated player but are also prepared to offer him the lucrative £100,000-a-week deal that he is looking for.

 

Juventus Ready to Give Up On RVP

Italian champions Juventus are on the verge of ending their interest in Arsenal’s want-away striker and captain Robin van Persie due to the Gunners’ reluctance to sell him.

The revelation was made by Juventus’ director Giuseppe Marotta, who told Sky Sports Italia: “Talk of our real interest in him seems excessive to me. Van Persie is a great player but Arsenal do not intend to lose him. And you cannot indulge in a player if the owners don’t want (to sell).

“A top player is not only judged by how much he costs. It can also mean a player who costs less but on the pitch shows an absolute value.”